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William Lee-Hankey

1869 - 1952

Fading Light by William Lee-Hankey

Fading Light   1923

  Original drypoint.
Signed in pencil, and with the artist’s blindstamp.
Ref: Hardie 102 iii/iii
S 240 x 308 mm; P & I 175 x 251 mm
Very good signed proof impression with rich blacks and full tonal range. From the only edition of 35 signed proofs printed by William Lee-Hankey himself.

Hardie considered this to be one of the artist’s finest plates “but if the frail, wistful face and feeble frame that are so nobly rendered in that dim interior, be too melancholy, the eye can turn to the cheery patch-work of the quilt and rejoice in that little bit of drawing and technique which has almost turned black-and-white into a gay riot of colour”. In Fading Light, the artist’s technique of working directly onto his plate with his subject before him, has allowed him to express an unusual sympathy between his medium and his theme.

On cream wove paper, with full margins and deckle edge. Very fine original condition. Image surface excellent.